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Skwishee
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Goldfish and the cold?
« on: November 30, 2012, 03:46:18 PM »

Hey guys and gals!

Wanted to stop by and ask some advice (as always!).

I got home from work today and found Lucky bottom sitting, I absolutely freaked for a split second I thought she was dead she was so still, until I tapped the glass and she moved *pheeeew* I jumped on the test kit like a bat out of **** and checked everything. All is well in the water world, the ammonia I forgot to check right away, it was pretty clear/yellow to begin with from memory so I assume it's fine (my water conditioner messes it up), Nitrites 0ppm, Nitrates 5ppm, PH first time around I messed the test up and got 8.0 (I freaked at that too) so I re tested super carefully and was 7.4 - more like the norm!

The last water change was Monday which would have been around 30 - 50% as normal. Ohh exciting thing, I have a new gravel cleaner and it sucks water and dirt up like a hoover it's so much better than my old one! Super clean gravel yay!

Physically, apart from one or two missing scales, nothings wrong. Behaviourally well bottom sitting, she even went and hid behind the driftwood when I was trying to check her over XD I'm like Lucky! Get back here! and she's just casually sat behind the driftwood on the gravel >.>

I've given her some brocolli now which she's happily eating and I did notice recently with all this cold weather (the house isn't massively warm) the tank temp. is down to 14 degrees celsius... sooooooo if she's getting a little in active, could it just be that it's winter?

She was absolutely fine this morning and I didn't notice anything odd about her this afternoon. Maybe she's just tired this evening?

It is coming up to filter cleaning time, so maybe it's that?

Wanted some second opinions, thanks in advance guys Cheesy
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fantailer
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Re: Goldfish and the cold?
« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2012, 07:39:29 AM »

Did you do a water change yesterday? My fish do that after water canges.
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scrivens345
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Re: Goldfish and the cold?
« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2012, 08:00:29 AM »

Goldfish getting increasingly less active as the temperature drops. They tend to be very sleepy at low temperatures, mine like to nap at the bottom of the tank.They also require less food.

Add a small heater to take the chill off if you'd like Lucky to be more active Smiley
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Skwishee
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Re: Goldfish and the cold?
« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2012, 12:12:37 PM »

Ah thanks guys, Lucky has been fine today, will keep in mind to feed her a little less though, I have been feeding her mostly once a day and occasionally give her veggies in the evening, so that routine should be okay? Or should I stick to once a day for a while and alternate veg with protein?
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Skwishee
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Re: Goldfish and the cold?
« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2012, 04:36:57 PM »

Well today I just realised I have done the stupidest thing ever and forgot to turn the filter on last week after the last water change. So my filter has been off for a week now and I didn't even notice, because it's a fairly quiet filter Embarrassed

Could this have been the reason for Lucky's slightly odd behaviour on Friday? I cannot believe I was so st*pid and forgot to turn it back on  Undecided
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Skwishee
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Re: Goldfish and the cold?
« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2012, 04:53:55 PM »

Well the filter disaster has officially been averted, Lucky has survived what could have been a death situation... had the water quality deteriorated and/or the filter had become anaerobic without me knowing when I switched it back on.... in fact the water quality stayed pristine no nitrites or ammonia to be found, I have absolutely no idea how.

She is one lucky fish....  Wink
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fantailer
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Re: Goldfish and the cold?
« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2012, 04:55:02 PM »

Yay!!
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Skwishee
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Re: Goldfish and the cold?
« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2012, 04:58:50 PM »

Thanks fantailer pretty much my reaction too  Grin

It was awful when I realised my error of turning on the filter last night when it was already too late (the filter had been on for an hour), I fell asleep last night worried I'd wake up to find her dead.
So I got up at 7am, peered into the tank, it was dark, then she saw me, got spooked, darted, knocked into the side of the tank the daft thing, but at least I knew then she was okay and had survived the night.

I have certainly learnt my lessons a) do not leave the filter off for a week, b) if 'a)' has happened test the water, do NOT turn the filter back on until checking for anaerobic activity....

Miss Lucky Fish, is currently enjoying some brocolli, just so glad my fishy face is okay *pheeww*
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Re: Goldfish and the cold?
« Reply #8 on: December 11, 2012, 07:36:09 PM »

What's this about anaerobic filter?
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Skwishee
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Re: Goldfish and the cold?
« Reply #9 on: December 12, 2012, 07:32:44 AM »

If you leave a filter off, the conditions inside can become anaerobic due to the lack of oxygen. I don't think this would be very likely to happen if the filter was an internal one inside the tank though? But my filter is a canister one and was shut off from the tank for a week.

Anaerobic activity can cause the production of hydrogen sulphide, which is extremely toxic for fish in the water.

I stupidly turned the filter back on as soon as I realised it was off, luckily I dodged a massive bullet as it was evident anaerobic activity hadn't happened as Lucky was still alive the next day! She certainly lives up to her names sake  Grin
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Re: Goldfish and the cold?
« Reply #10 on: December 12, 2012, 12:48:04 PM »

Ah I see. And she does indeed live up to her name haha Smiley oh btw, a month or two ago I came across a fantail at the pet store that had a dorsal fin that reminded me of lucky and I took a bunch of pictures to show you haha, I just have to find them
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Re: Goldfish and the cold?
« Reply #11 on: December 12, 2012, 01:02:09 PM »

Cheesy
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Skwishee
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Re: Goldfish and the cold?
« Reply #12 on: December 13, 2012, 06:04:28 AM »

Awww! That is just like hers!  Grin What a cutie!
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